President Akufo-Addo did not address our major issues – GUTA

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The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), the trade association’s parent group, has expressed conflicting opinions about President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-efforts Addo’s to alleviate Ghanaians’ economic woes.

In his message to the nation on Sunday, October 30, 2022, the president allegedly neglected to address the primary issues facing the nation’s traders.

The denial of haircuts on investments, in particular, was praised by the vice president of GUTA, Mr. Clement Boateng, as being particularly touching.

On Monday, October 31, 2022, during an interview with Prince Nii Ade (Dok Cash) on OTEC FM’s political talk show Dwabrem, Mr. Boateng made these remarks in response to the president’s speech.
He stated that the act of tying import tariffs at the port to the dollar was GUTA’s principal priority.
He claimed that weekly increases in import taxes take place at the ports as a result of the cedi’s depreciation.

“We are disappointed in the president for failing to address this significant concern of members of GUTA.
“You go to the port and clear goods at GHS100,000 and you go there next week to clear the same goods, the import duty has jumped to GHS150,000,” he lamented.

He insisted that the president’s message to the country needs to address this troubling occurrence.
He continued by saying that this was a factor in the nation’s rising cost of goods and services.

He said that GUTA would continue to advocate for the government to address many of these issues, particularly those that were agreed upon in the meeting with the president before starting the sit-down strike.

He said that the association’s executive committee will meet today to discuss the president’s speech and determine the best course of action.

Source: Gyamerah

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